Food Stamp Benefits and Child Poverty

Posted: 20 Dec 2005

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Dean Jolliffe

World Bank; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Craig Gundersen

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); Iowa State University

Laura Tiehen

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Joshua Winicki

American Institutes for Research

Abstract

In 2000, 8.8 million children lived in households participating in the Food Stamp Program, making this assistance program a crucial component of the social safety net. Despite its importance, little research has examined food stamps' effect on children's overall well-being. Using the Current Population Survey from 1989 to 2001, we consider the impact of food stamps on three measures of poverty - the headcount, the poverty gap, and the squared poverty gap. We find that in comparison to the headcount measure, food stamp benefits lead to large reductions in the poverty gap and squared poverty gap measures.

Keywords: child poverty, current population survey, food stamps

Suggested Citation

Jolliffe, Dean Mitchell and Gundersen, Craig and Tiehen, Laura and Winicki, Joshua, Food Stamp Benefits and Child Poverty. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 87, No. 3, pp. 569-581, August 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=856517 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2005.00748.x

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